SD-WANs Solve the Internet Access Conundrum
SD-WANs Solve the Internet Access Conundrum
/ Dec 1, 2016 0 COMMENTS

Merriam-Webster defines the word “conundrum” as an “intricate and difficult problem”. This word can most certainly be used in a business context to describe the challenges associated with providing Internet access to branch and remote office workers. Legacy networks provided Internet access to users through a hub-and-spoke architecture — Internet connectivity came into the hub…

It’s OK For Network Managers To Give Up Their Security Blanket
It’s OK For Network Managers To Give Up Their Security Blanket
/ Nov 8, 2016 0 COMMENTS

In the popular comic strip Peanuts, Linus was always seen carrying his blanket.  Clearly, the blanket gave the young lad a sense of comfort and security even in the face of his sister Lucy calling it a “stupid blanket” and constantly urging him to ditch it.  To Linus, knowing the blanket was there was far…

The 7 Scariest Things About Legacy WANs
The 7 Scariest Things About Legacy WANs
/ Oct 31, 2016 0 COMMENTS

Happy Halloween! It’s that time of year again when we go out in the dark and dress up with the sole purpose of scaring one another and collecting treats! For network managers though, there’s no need to dress up as something scary like an orc, goblin or millennial to get a fright, as there are…

The Importance of Setting Network Baselines
The Importance of Setting Network Baselines
/ Oct 27, 2016 0 COMMENTS

The networking industry is in the midst of a transition to the digital era. The network plays a critical role in the success of digital businesses as many of the digital building blocks, such as IoT and the cloud, are network-centric. This is one of the reasons why there is currently so much focus on…

Service Providers Need To Embrace The Rise Of Managed SD-WAN
Service Providers Need To Embrace The Rise Of Managed SD-WAN
/ Oct 18, 2016 0 COMMENTS

About a month ago I attended an analyst session with Michael Dell at VMWorld. During the event, Mr. Dell stated that he learned many years ago that when things are good for businesses, customers are going to do it, with or without the vendors’ help. He cited Dell’s initial resistance to virtualization as an example….

SD-WAN Can Make Network Management Impactful To The Business
SD-WAN Can Make Network Management Impactful To The Business
/ Oct 10, 2016 0 COMMENTS

Navigating By The Dashboard Lights Every network operations center I have been in always has a big dashboard in the middle with a bunch of red and green lights. Sometimes it’s a simple display showing the layout of the network and other times its something more extravagant like a big spinning globe with a bunch…

Don’t Just Monitor Your Applications – Control Them!
Don’t Just Monitor Your Applications – Control Them!
/ Oct 10, 2016 0 COMMENTS

How’s Your Productivity? Businesses spend billions of dollars annually on initiatives to make workers more productive. In fact, ZK Research found that in 2015, organizations spent in aggregate over $12 billion on technology to increase the agility of their organization. The new initiatives are great but what about existing applications? Another interesting data point from…

SD-WAN Makes An Excellent Segmentation Tool
SD-WAN Makes An Excellent Segmentation Tool
/ Sep 27, 2016 0 COMMENTS

The topic of segmentation is currently red hot.  Different vendors are using various terms such as micro, hyper and nano-segmentation.  Whatever the name, the goal is the same: to create private “zones” that can protect the things in the segment from things that reside in other ones.  In some ways segmentation flips the entire networking…

SD-WAN Can Make Disaster Recovery Planning Easier
SD-WAN Can Make Disaster Recovery Planning Easier
/ Sep 22, 2016 0 COMMENTS

Disaster recovery is certainly an interesting topic. Prior to my analyst days, I was in corporate IT and was part of a number of disaster recovery (DR) teams. It’s my sense that most organizations are very effective on the planning side but not very effective with executing on those plans. I say this tongue-in-cheek but…

With SD-WAN, Don’t Forget Performance
With SD-WAN, Don’t Forget Performance
/ Aug 5, 2016 0 COMMENTS

The enterprise WAN has always been challenging to manage. It can be complicated, slow to reconfigure, lack security and many applications perform poorly over it. High service costs, capEx and opEx while performance and manageability remained an issue – a regular lose-lose. But then along came the software defined WAN – the solution to all…